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Sunset on the Fraser River

The Neighbourhood

Sunset 1An ethnically diverse neighbourhood within Ontario Street on the west and Knight Street on the east, Sunset extends from 41st Avenue south to the Fraser River in southeastern Vancouver, British Columbia. Like most of southeast Vancouver, the area was once mostly working class, but rising prices everywhere have made the area increasingly popular with young professionals and families no longer able to afford houses on the west side.

Background

Formerly part of the incorporated District of South Vancouver, the neighbourhood became part of Vancouver in 1929. As farmland sloping southward to the river with clusters of homes and villages by the 1860s, when the Fraser River was a full day’s journey to the Granville Townsite on the Burrard Inlet by boat or overland through forest and swamp, Sunset welcomed the advance of Westminster Avenue, now Main Street, south from Mount Pleasant in 1910.

The first immigrants from Punjab arrived in Vancouver in the 1890s. Most of them settled in the area around Main Street and 49th Avenue, and many established restaurants and businesses there. Over the years the Sunset neighbourhood has become for Vancouver’s estimated 160,000 South Asian residents a central assembly point of culture and commerce.

The number of Punjabi speakers increased steadily for decades. It is now the most common language in Sunset. More than one in four, 26 per cent of the Sunset population, in 2006 spoke Punjabi as their first language compared to less than three per cent of the general city population, 21 percent spoke Chinese, and 24 percent English. Businesses, restaurants, and services catering to these communities proliferated along Fraser and Main streets; prominent among them was the Punjabi Market.

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The Punjabi Market

The Punjabi Market is a commercial district and ethnic enclave in a roughly six-block section around Main Street and 49th Avenue. Vancouver is home to more than 200,000 people of Indian and Pakistani descent, nowhere more vibrant than at the Punjabi Market, a world of glittering bangles, flowing saris, and rich curry aromas. The neighbourhood gives visitors a glimpse of South Asian culture on Canada’s Pacific Coast. Shops sell fine silk saris in a rainbow of bright colors and elaborate gowns with thousands of tiny inlaid gems. Bhangra music from Bollywood films pumps out of storefronts. Fine jewelers offer exquisite gold rings, bracelets, and necklaces. In April, the Punjabi Market celebrates Vaisakhi Day, the Sikh New Year, with a colorful parade through the streets attracting thousands of spectators.

Vancouver’s Punjabi Market has been a city fixture for decades, but the 2013 municipal Assessment Roll Report finds the area in financial trouble: “Values here are down about 15 percent as the regional [Indo-Canadian] retail hub continues to shift towards Surrey.” Even Tourism Vancouver says the Punjabi Market is struggling. Once famous for many jewelry stores, the Punjabi Market now displays lots of empty space for lease. Elsewhere across the city, retail property value assessments rise but decline here as businesses relocate to Surrey.

The Punjabi Market Association says the district needs some help from the city, province, and federal governments if it’s going to survive. The Surrey Board of Trade says its city offers lower rents and taxes than does Vancouver.

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Sunset, Vancouver, BC

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  • 203 SW MARINE Drive in Vancouver: Marpole House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2197493

    Main Photo: 203 SW MARINE Drive in Vancouver: Marpole House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2197493
    $7,218,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2197493
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    2,304 sq. ft.
    Developers and Investors alert - Marpole Community Plan! Prime redevelopment site with proposed FSR 2.5 in the hub of Marine Gateway up to approximately 44,300 sqft. Super convenient location close to Skytrain Station, shopping area, restaurants, golf course, etc. Situated in one of the best Vancouver West school catchment - Churchill Secondary! Property is sold AS-IS, WHERE-IS and can be sold with the neighbours' properties as part of the land assembly. Call listing agent for details. More details
    Regent Park Realty Inc.
  • 236 W 64TH Avenue in Vancouver: Marpole House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2197486

    Main Photo: 236 W 64TH Avenue in Vancouver: Marpole House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2197486
    $6,098,888
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2197486
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    3,209 sq. ft.
    Developers and Investors alert - Marpole Community Plan! Prime redevelopment site with proposed FSR 2.5 in the hub of Marine Gateway up to approximately 44,300 sqft. Super convenient location close to Skytrain Station, shopping area, restaurants, golf course, etc. Situated in one of the best Vancouver West school catchment - Churchill Secondary! Property is sold AS-IS, WHERE-IS and can be sold with the neighbours' properties as part of the land assembly. Call listing agent for details. More details
    Regent Park Realty Inc.
  • 40 E 48TH Avenue in Vancouver: Main House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS® # R2098196

    Main Photo: 40 E 48TH Avenue in Vancouver: Main House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS® # R2098196
    • Exterior Front
    • Exterior Front
    • Exterior Front
    • Garage
    • Exterior Back
    • Garden
    • Garden
    • Exterior Front
    • Living Room
    • Dining Room
    • Kitchen
    • Family Room
    • Dining Room
    • Master Bedroom
    • Bedroom
    • Entrance Hall
    • Bathroom
    • Entrance Hall
    • Garage
    $5,288,888
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2098196
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    6
    Floor Area:
    4,244 sq. ft.
    Very high end home, must see to appreciate. No mdf used in the house, everything is wood. Central location close to transit, shopping, schools & restaurants. Rough in available to construct a second kitchen on main floor. Great to hold as an investment, owner willing to rent back. 750 sq ft lane way house with a two car garage in the rear. More details
    Amex Broadway West Realty
  • 252 W 64TH Avenue in Vancouver: Marpole House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2197396

    Main Photo: 252 W 64TH Avenue in Vancouver: Marpole House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2197396
    $5,011,888
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2197396
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    1,927 sq. ft.
    Developers and Investors alert - Marpole Community Plan! Prime redevelopment site with proposed FSR 2.5 in the hub of Marine Gateway up to approximately 44,300 sqft. Super convenient location close to Skytrain Station, shopping area, restaurants, golf course, etc. Situated in one of the best Vancouver West school catchments - Churchill Secondary! Property is sold AS-IS, WHERE-IS and can be sold with the neighbors' properties as part of the land assembly. Call listing agent for details. More details
    Regent Park Realty Inc.
  • 129 W 45TH Avenue in Vancouver: Oakridge VW House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2182386

    Main Photo: 129 W 45TH Avenue in Vancouver: Oakridge VW House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2182386
    $4,988,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2182386
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    5,176 sq. ft.
    A spectacular new contemporary residence built by ILA Developments Ltd in the heart of Oakridge hottest neighborhood. This luxury 3 level home boasts 6 bdrms, 6 baths & 990 SF 2 level, 2 bedrooms laneway home. Beautifully designed & exquisite finishes, wide S facing, bright open floor plan, master w/new spa-steam shower ensuite & w/i closet, marble countertops throughout, elegant living & dining rms w/9ft (up&down) 10ft main high ceilings, engineered wood, radiant heat, 2x fireplace, sensational media wine rm, smart home w/advanced technology system control smart phone/tablet. Close to schools, parks, 2-5-10 warranty. Price includes GST. More details
    Sutton Grp-West Coast (VanCam)
  • 173 W 47TH Avenue in Vancouver: Oakridge VW House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2180208

    Main Photo: 173 W 47TH Avenue in Vancouver: Oakridge VW House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2180208
    $4,388,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2180208
    Bedrooms:
    9
    Bathrooms:
    8
    Floor Area:
    4,157 sq. ft.
    This elegant south facing 3 level home plus 746 sqft laneway house are located in the core of the city. The main house with 3411 sqft features open concept living & dining rooms w/ modern crystal chandeliers, H/W flooring throughout, 10' ceiling on main, sleek gourmet kitchen & wok kit w/ top-of-the-line appliances, granite countertops, security sys, HRV, A/C. Upstairs w/ 4 spacious bdrms & 3 full baths. Luxurious spa-like master bath w/ Jacuzzi. The lower level has a 1 bdrm w/ wet bar & theater & a 2 bdrm w/ open kitchen legal suite. Well manicured backyard w/ sprinkler systems. Steps to Langara College, YMCA, transit to UBC, Skytrain & Oakridge Mall, Van Horne Elementary, Eric Hamber Secondary & Churchill Secondary (French Immersion) school catchments. Extremely convenient location. More details
    Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
  • 189 W 61ST Avenue in Vancouver: Marpole House for sale in "MARPOLE" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2166000

    Main Photo: 189 W 61ST Avenue in Vancouver: Marpole House for sale in "MARPOLE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2166000
    $3,830,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2166000
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    7
    Floor Area:
    3,779 sq. ft.
    Brand new house is located in most desirable MARPOLE neighbourhood. Corner lot of 46'x115.25'. Offers craftsmanship and high-quality materials. Hardwood flooring & elegant tile flooring throughout, spacious open concept floor plan, tons of natural light into every room, European kitchen w/ built-in custom cabinetry / appliances / long island w/ wine storage/ Wok kitchen. Upstairs 4 ensuite bdrms. Basement features 1-bedroom legal suite, recreation room with wet bar & media room. A/C, HRV, radiant heat, security system, 2-5-10 NHW etc. Just steps to Langara Trail, Sexsmith Elem., Langara golf course & transportation. Easy access to Marine Gate shopping, Canadian Line skytrain which allows access to Richmond/Downtown & much more More details
    RE/MAX Select Properties and Sutton Grp-West Coast (w.blvd)
  • 82 W 46TH Avenue in Vancouver: Oakridge VW House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2177328

    Main Photo: 82 W 46TH Avenue in Vancouver: Oakridge VW House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2177328
    • Exterior Front
    • Kitchen
    • Dining Room
    • open floor plan
    • Family Room
    • Study Room
    $3,590,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2177328
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    5
    Floor Area:
    3,608 sq. ft.
    Beautifully built, nice spacious 4 bedroom plus den family home in prime Oakridge neighbourhood. Brand new kitchen, hardwood floors, high efficiency hotwater heating system and newer roof in 2009. Located near Van Horne Elementary and Eric Hamber High School catchment. Walking distance to Langara College, YMCA, Canada Line and Oakridge Center shopping Mall. This is a very popular up and coming family neighbourhood. Better be quick because this house will sell fast! More details
    Sutton Grp-West Coast (VanCam)
  • 470 E 41ST Avenue in Vancouver: Fraser VE House for sale in "FRASER" (Vancouver East) : MLS® # R2155715

    Main Photo: 470 E 41ST Avenue in Vancouver: Fraser VE House for sale in "FRASER" (Vancouver East)  : MLS® # R2155715
    $3,299,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2155715
    Bedrooms:
    9
    Bathrooms:
    5
    Floor Area:
    2,771 sq. ft.
    Huge 43x146 6278 sqft. Land value only potential for re-development if combined with neighbouring homes, potential land assembly. Home is only 15 years old with 9 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 2 suites Below!! 2771 sqft, PART OF LAND ASSEMBLY - Check with City of Vancouver for Zoning and Potential. More details
    RE/MAX City Realty
  • 172 E 60TH Avenue in Vancouver: South Vancouver House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS® # R2185924

    Main Photo: 172 E 60TH Avenue in Vancouver: South Vancouver House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS® # R2185924
    $3,188,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2185924
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    7
    Floor Area:
    3,343 sq. ft.
    Beautiful custom built home in prime South Vancouver area! Features include a limestone exterior with a patio in front and a patio at the back, great for the summers. This beautiful home is located walking distance to bus stop, Canada Line, Sexsmith Elementary School, and Langara College. With great amenities nearby such as Langara Golf course and Marine gateway. This home is completed with a luxurious finish. Also including a coach house and a legal suite. More details
    Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
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